view of facade before replacement

Double Wall: Passive Venting/Thermal Blanket

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Façade Replacement

LOCATION
Worcester, MA / United States

COMPLETED
2006

TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE
350,000 GSF Façade Replacement
30,000 GSF New Construction
7,500 GSF Interior Renovation

This project was prompted by the failure of the original 1970s buildings’ façade of the medical school and hospital complex at the UMass Worcester campus. The project also provided UMass with the opportunity to establish a new identity and comprehensive wayfinding strategy for its signature medical campus.

A set of innovative technical strategies was developed to replace the façade, including the direct attachment of a unitized curtainwall system, which eliminated the need to relocate building occupants, and the attachment of a second layer of curtainwall, dramatically enhancing the thermal performance of the skin. The result is a dramatic transformation of the campus image and improved circulation patterns for the entire medical complex, all executed with minimal disruption to the ongoing clinical and educational activities.

Photography: © Warren Jagger Photography

KEY TEAM MEMBERS
J. Ian Adamson, AIA, LEED Green Assoc.
Principal-in-Charge